Newly proposed designated voting precinct maps for Delaware County was presented to the board of County Commissions during their meeting held Tuesday morning.
Dixie Smith, Delaware County Election Board secretary was on hand to show commissioners the proposed voting precincts that have been changed due to the census taken in 2010, that also changed commissioners boundaries, senate and house districts. She said the precinct changes are still a work in progress and have as of yet to be approved, but have to be completed by December 1, 2011. Today the board simply approved the commissioners district boundary lines aspect to the proposed precinct lines.
Several concerned citizens were on hand to address the board expressing their concern over the commissioners being in charge of scheduling events to be held in the small meeting room at the Delaware County Library in Jay. In 2010, commissioners took over schedule the room for meetings and gathering after some disagreements with the Bookworms, at that time a predecessor to the Friends of the Library group. The Bookworms are now an inactive group and several ladies were in attendance to ask that scheduling the small room be put back in the hands of the library.
Mary Maroni, Eastern Oklahoma District Library System representative, explained that the library in Jay loses money every year because it is not a full service library due to the fact that the library is not in control of the small room located on the south side of the building, across from the library.
The women came today to ask if that would be possible.
Commissioner Doug Smith, district #1 commissioner, expressed concern over utility bills that were being paid out of county general funds. The matter of charging groups and individuals a fee to use the room was discussed to defray these expenses, and was told by Maroni, that the library system was not allowed to charge people, due to the fact that it is open to the public and needs to be free to offer services.
The matter is being taken under advisement due to the fact that the City of Jay is also involved with the running of the Jay Community Center, located on the west side of the facility which the library is not involved with. The matter has been tabled until further notice.
Forwarded to the insurance company was a tort claim from David Walter, Lottielu Hardesty, William Bartley, Jason Ruddick and Ivan Hardesty, claiming that the fire at Tiff City caused by a district #1 mower sparking a rock damaged their properties. According to Commissioner Smith, 300 to 400 acres were damaged and the residents filing the claim are asking for $47,000.00 in damages.
In other business:
• Approved was a 2011 STOP Grant for the Delaware County Sheriff's Department in the amount of $30,000.00. The funds are used for domestic violence crimes.
• Reimbursement funds were transferred between district #3 and district #1 in the amount of $34,927.63.
• Highway cash was set up each district in the amount of $68,855.73 as well as County Bridge and Road Improvement (CBRI) 105 monies in the amount of $10,953.00 for each district.
The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, September 5 at 9 a.m. In the commissioners office of the Delaware County Courthouse.